Rowman and Littlefield International
Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe

Democratic Institutions and Authoritarian Rule in Southeast Europe

By Danijela Dolenec

Publication Date: May 2013

Pages 254

ECPR Press

Paperback 9781907301438
£30.00 €41.00 $46.00

Recipient of the 2013 National Science Award in the Field of Social Sciences, conferred by the Parliament of Croatia. Josip Broz Tito's saying that 'one should not hold on to the law like a drunken man holds on to a fence' remains a valid piece of popular wisdom today, encapsulating the problem of weak rule of law in Southeast European societies. This book poses the question of why democratisation in Southeast Europe disappointed initial expectations, and claims that it is caused by the dominance of authoritarian parties over regime change. Their rule established nondemocratic governance practices that continue to subvert rule of law principles, more than twenty years after the collapse of communism. The unique contribution of this book is in providing empirical evidence for the argument that post-socialist transformation proceeded in a double movement, whereby advances to formal democratic institutions were subverted through nondemocratic rule. This misfit helps explain why improvements to formal democratic institutions did not result in expected democratisation advances.


List of Figures and Tables vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Rule of Law as the Weakest Link 9

Chapter Two: Explaining Democratisation 27

Chapter Three: Exploring Structural Preconditions for Post-Communist

Democratisation 57

Chapter Four: The Impact of Political Choice 77

Chapter Five: Applying fuzzy-set QCA to Explain Divergent Democratisation

Trajectories 107

Chapter Six: Croatia 131

Chapter Seven: Serbia 161

Chapter Eight: Conclusion 189

Appendices 197

Bibliography 211

Index 231

Danijela Dolenec works at the University of Zagreb, teaching comparative politics and social science methodology. She is a critical scholar advocating democratisation, sustainability and resistance to commodification processes. She received her master's degree from LSE (2005), and her doctorate in political science from the ETH Zürich in Switzerland (2012). Her primary interest in post-socialist democratization evolved during her time at Harvard University as a Fulbright scholar (2007/2008). Danijela's previous publications are on topics including the commodification of European systems of higher education and the Europeanisation of post-socialist party systems, and most recently she has co-authored a study on sustainable development in Croatia (We Need to Change, 2012).

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